Posted tagged ‘Roy Oswalt’

Texas Rangers bolster pitching rotation by adding Roy Oswalt

May 29, 2012

Free agent pitcher Roy Oswalt has signed with the Texas Rangers.

The sources said that if Oswalt is called up by July 1, he gets $8 million pro-rated — 4 million in his pocket. He can also earn an extra $1 million in incentives if he makes 10 starts.

Oswalt, who had previously auditioned for the Los Angeles Dodgers, Philadelphia Phillies, Boston Red Sox and the Rangers, had given teams indications that Texas was his destination of choice. He has a close relationship with club president Nolan Ryan, and he apparently likes the thought of pitching for a contending team that’s close to his Mississippi home.

Oswalt, 34, has a career record of 159-93 in 11 seasons with Houston and Philadelphia. He is a three-time All-Star who has finished among the top five in National League Cy Young Award balloting five times in his career.

After waiting until spring training and failing to land a job to his satisfaction, Oswalt told major league clubs in late February that he planned to wait until midseason to return.

This is a big move by the Rangers. Their main problem this season has been the rotation and by adding the veteran Oswalt, it gives them much-needed depth. The amount of money they spent on him is a little pricy but this reminds me of the same deal the Phillies made with Pedro Martinez back in 2009. Martinez became a big part of the Phils run in October bringing them all the way to the World Series and staying healthy to last through two months. If the Rangers want to win, they need to pitch. It is as simple as that baseball fans and Oswalt provides that stability to try for a ring three years in a row…

Time to rally in St. Louis! The Rally Squirrel comes to life

October 12, 2011

Via ESPN:

Tony La Russa and the St. Louis Cardinals are going nuts for the Rally Squirrel.

The team plans to distribute 40,000 rally towels with a squirrel motif for Game 3 of the NL Championship Series Wednesday night against Milwaukee. In addition, stuffed Rally Squirrels are available for $5 at the Busch Stadium team store, along with “Got Squirrel” T-shirts and additional rally towels.

“I think it’s good. The fans are having fun,” said La Russa, the Cardinals’ buttoned-up manager. “And I really believe that. This is not old-school, and I know I am in many ways, but I think there’s so much attention and pressure on the players that sometimes they don’t show their happiness.”

La Russa is as serious as they come on game day. Yet he’s enjoying all the fuss over the Rally Squirrel.

“I’ve really gotten over getting upset over it. Sometimes I think it’s a release. So I think it’s fun,” he said.

It all started during the division series against Philadelphia when a squirrel, or squirrels, was seen scampering around the field — in both cities.

Twice, with a twinkle in his eye, La Russa has suggested that the squirrel or squirrels was dating utility man Allen Craig‘s pet tortoise, Torty, and that the squirrel was looking for Torty when it scooted past home plate just as Phillies right-hander Roy Oswalt made a pitch to Skip Schumaker.

“As far as the squirrel and the tortoise is concerned, they had this relationship, so I think it first came out there because Craig wasn’t playing, and his boyfriend told him or girlfriend or whatever it was,” La Russa said. “And this squirrel was looking for Craig, ran all over, finally found him.”

There’s also a prolific Torty Twitter feed, accompanied by a photo of a turtle wearing a Cardinals cap on a rock. Craig denies any involvement.

“I have no idea, I swear,” Craig said. “Somebody started a Torty account and that’s that.”

There were no squirrel sightings at Busch Stadium on Tuesday as the Cardinals and Brewers prepared for Game 3.

Cardinals officials said they had nabbed four of the critters in humane cages since the team went on the road — one of them on the walkway in center field beyond the pasture and another near the Brewers’ dugout.

I am not gonna lie, this is pretty awesome! I like how they are selling the shirts and towels for 5 dollars. That is very reasonable and I think fans will certainly run to get those when the gates open. But one thing that bothers me about this whole situation is it reminds me a lot of the 2002 Anaheim Angels and their Rally Monkey. Granted, yes it did win them a World Series but on the other hand, it really got annoying for other fans watching the games. While I think this is a great idea for the fans, the team, and the playoffs, I don’t think that it would be good to overhaul the viewers on television and Brewers fans about this big deal. Yes, its great entertainment. But no, you can’t take it over the edge. The reason for that is you will never know when “Beast Mode” might come in and ruin the parade…

MLB Trade Dealine Deals

August 2, 2010

The MLB Trade Deadline approached yesterday and there were many deals that improved teams and many teams that didn’t feel like they needed to make any moves by the end of 4 PM eastern time mark. This deadline comes at a time where a team notices the weaknesses they have and try to make themselves better and win more games by bringing in new players. Here were some deals that went down…

Angels get Dan Haren from the D’backs for Saunders and prospects

Hurt Tigers get Johnny Peralta’s bat from the lowly Indians

Phillies make a huge deal and get another Roy in Roy Oswalt

Padres pick up much-needed veteran bat in Miguel Tejada

Rangers get First Base help with deal for Jorge Cantu

Twins give up top hitting prospect Wilson Ramos for Nationals Closer Matt Capps

Chicago White Sox pick up pitching arm in Edwin Jackson from the D-backs

St. Louis Cards pick up needed Starting pitcher in Jake Westbrook from Indians.

Yankees get another All Star in Astros Lance Berkman for prospects

Dodgers make big deal and get Scott Podsednick, Ted Lilly, and Octavio Dotel

Braves get Royals Rick Ankiel and Kyle Farnsworth for Triple A prospects

Yankees pick up Austin Kearns and Reliever Kerry Wood for more prospects.

…Those are a lot of deals but from all of these deals there are a few things in common. The Astros are in rebuilding mode because they gave up their franchise pitcher and the final Bee of the Astros original Bee squad in Berkman. But in return they didn’t get that much. They received J.A. Happ who will pan out nicely but I don’t think he will ever become what Roy Oswalt has done for that Franchise and Berkman has always been a great bat and a great team leader that will now be missed a lot by fans. It is sad to see them go. But give kudos to the Phillies and the Yankees who got themselves great players to make deep runs in October…

…Another team that dumped a lot of players is the Indians. They have given up so much. From Lee to Sabathia to now pretty much the starting lineup and the bullpen. They must really be making a huge change and try to come with a result like the Padres have done this year. Get younger and play with more toughness and maybe that will get you wins. But there is a big mess in Cleveland counting back the days to when a guy named Lebron chose to go somewhere else. The only good part of their season is to see rookie catcher Carlos Santana destroy the ball and become hopefully the next Victor Martinez that was once on the club…

…My favorite team that really made great deals was the Texas Rangers. To get Lee, Cantu, Molina, and Guzman it makes this team so much deeper. They hit every single whole they had and made some great deals. Lee will be great and is making a difference already, Cantu is giving them a consistent hitter in the lineup for a team that didn’t have that at first base, Molina is giving them help with his bat and working with the young pitching staff, and Guzman helps on the base to help out Kinsler, Young, and mentor Elvis Andrus. They really get an A+ for this deadline and watch out everyone, the Rangers are looking to do some damage…

…Finally, The Yankees just keep adding. This is why the sports world calls them the Bankees. They just added Berkman as a DH. Like that was the biggest of their worries? Berkman is a top 10 player in the NL and now is the 6th best player on the Yankees. They also have a guy named Mark Teixeira at first base so it’s so confusing. They also get a power bat in Kearns and arm in Kerry Wood for basically nothing. It is really unfair to the game and something needs to change. This is why everyone routs for the Padres because they have the lowest payroll but are still in first place. Wins don’t come with money, the come with heart and who has got it more. But for the Yankees the dollar bill is more important and it always has…

 For more information on the MLB and the recent Trade Deadline go to ESPN.com and MLB.com